By Joe Cermele

We’ve been seeing a lot of lures lately in the vintage tackle contest, so here’s a nice little change-up. This Castglo King Automatic Float was submitted by Harvey Velix, who picked up the odd-ball item at a flea market for one dollar. To get the back story on this piece, Dr. Todd Larson of the The Whitefish Press and “Fishing For History” blog called in some big guns. Dr. Todd wrote: This neat bobber came in the very week I was reviewing a pre-press copy of the definitive history of angling floats, written by British collector Jeff Della Mura. I contacted Jeff so he could give you the “royal treatment,” so to speak.


So here’s what expert Della Mura had to say:

“The Castglo King is a 1950s gem! Patented by John H. Dean of Rochester, NY, in April 1951, the paperwork promises “Many hours of enjoyable fishing.” Dean’s true objective was to enable the angler to fish in water deeper than the length of the pole – beyond which casting becomes difficult. Because the Castglo worked primarily as a slip bobber it would sit almost on the sinker when cast. On hitting the water, the sinker would pull the line thru the bobber until striking bottom, causing the line to slacken and the bobber to fall flat. When a fish tugged at the baited hook the Castglo would swing upright, alerting the angler to strike. Once the hook was set and the line tightened, the bobber would again slip down the line making retrieval easy. You could see a Castglo coming – it was luminous white one side and colored red on the other. They are worth around $15 but with the packaging intact that could easily double. I’ve seen different paperwork which suggests the Castglo was made in Toronto – where it was referred to as the Castglo King – and in Rochester, NY where makers Big Eight Enterprises Inc. simply called it the Castglo Bobber. A great find!

To be honest, it actually sounds like it might be useful. Maybe you should try it, Harvey. Thanks for sending and enjoy the Berkley Digital Tournament Scale that’s headed your way. And special thanks to Jeff Della Mura for the guest appraisal!


If you’ve already sent me photos of your vintage tackle, keep checking every Thursday to see if I chose it for an appraisal by Dr. Todd. If you haven’t and want to enter the contest, email photos of your old tackle to, along with your name, mailing address, and story of how you acquired the gear. If I use it in a Thursday post, you get a Berkley Digital Tournament Scale (left, $40).